You Gotta Feel Radical Spirit!
Written by the Editors of The Radical Spirit
There’s a new spirit stirring in Unitarian Universalism – a new sense of possibility. Have you felt it? We feature it.
The Radical Spirit is an online journal of provocative ideas. It was born in a coffee shop around the corner from Harvard Divinity School, forged in the fires of late-night discussion of the kind young adults are famous for in our culture. You know the (often accurate) cliche of young adults engaged in a battle of wits over soaring questions like “does time exist?” or “what is the meaning of life?”
The players in our conversation were seminarians preparing for UU ministry. And our big question up for discussion was, “how are we called to strengthen, honor, and creatively serve this tradition that we love?” Ours was not a question sprung from the ether, but a concrete one with real implications for the daily living of this faith. Nonetheless, it was one to which we hoped to bring the same innovative, meaning-seeking passion that the young adult spirit has brought to these kinds of conversations no matter their subject matter. We also wanted to bring the spirit of deep theological reflectiveness that shapes people of all ages who are in ministerial formation.
So we got talking. And the more we talked, the more we realized that there is currently no forum for publishing seminarian thought. Here are individuals with the privilege and responsibility of thinking about Unitarian Universalism on a daily basis, and they have no way to share their ideas. And so The Radical Spirit came into being, envisioned as an online forum to meet that need.
We hope that it will be a space that encourages the sharing of ideas among ministers-in-training from schools across the country, as well as between seminarians and the larger UU world. Already, the website showcases video and audio reflections on topics as diverse as how to bring spirituality into lay leadership or how to embody the Seven Principles through dance.
We encourage you to visit the site. Watch the videos, listen to the podcasts, and share your reactions. If you want to help shape the future of this journal, join us for a conversation on February 8th at 8pm (Eastern). Your voice matters. We’re listening.